On This Day

Birthdays in Film & TV on March 26

  • 1873 Gerald du Maurier, British actor (Power, Escape!, Masks and Faces), born in London, England (d. 1934)
  • 1894 Will Wright, American actor (Adam's Rib, Living Christ Story), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1962)
  • 1909 Chips Rafferty [John William Pilbean Goffage], Australian actor (Wake in Fright, Desert Rats), born in Broken Hill, New South Wales (d. 1971)
  • 1911 T. Hee, American animator (Dance of the Hours - Fantasia), born in Oklahoma (d. 1988)
  • 1916 Sterling Hayden, American actor (Dr Strangelove, Asphalt Jungle, Cobra), born in Upper Montclair, New Jersey (d. 1986)

Person of interestStrother Martin

1919 Strother Martin, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Slapshot), born in Kokomo, Indiana (d. 1980)

  • 1923 Bob Elliott, American comedian (Bob & Ray, Get a Life), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1928 Carole Carr [Carless], British singer and actress (Down Among the Z Men), born in London, England (d. 1997)

Person of interestLeonard Nimoy

1931 Leonard Nimoy, American actor (Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)

  • 1934 Alan Arkin, American actor (Catch-22, In-Laws, Simon, Wait Until Dark), born in NYC, New York
  • 1939 Phillip R. Allen, American stage and screen actor (Hardy Boys Mysteries - "Harry"; Star Trek III - "Captain Esteban"), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1940 James Caan, American actor (Misery, The Godfather), born in The Bronx, New York

Person of interestDiana Ross

1944 Diana Ross [Earle], American singer (The Supremes - "Stop! In The Name Of Love"; "You Can't Hurry Love"; "I Hear A Symphony"), and actress (Lady Sings Blues; Mahogany), born in Detroit, Michigan

Singer and Actress Diana Ross
Singer and Actress
Diana Ross
  • 1946 Johnny Crawford, American actor (The Mickey Mouse Club; The Rifleman - "Mark"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2021)
  • 1949 Vicki Lawrence, American television actress (The Carol Burnett Show; Mama's Family), and singer ("The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia"), born in Inglewood, California
  • 1949 Patrick Süskind, German novelist and screenwriter ("Perfume: The Story of a Murderer"), born in Ambach, Bavaria, Germany
  • 1950 Ernest Thomas, American actor (What's Happening!!), born in Gary, Indiana

Person of interestMartin Short

1950 Martin Short, Canadian comedian (SNL; SCTV; 3 Amigos), born in Hamilton, Ontario

  • 1950 Tony Papenfuss, American actor (Daryl-Newhart), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1950 Alan Silvestri, American film score composer (Back To The Future; Forrest Gump), born in NYC, New York
  • 1954 Curtis Sliwa, American activist, founder of the Guardian Angels, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1954 Kazuhiko Inoue, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
  • 1957 Leeza Gibbons, American TV host (Entertainment Tonight, Leeza), born in Hartsville, South Carolina
  • 1959 Chris Hansen, American reporter and correspondent (Dateline NBC: To Catch A Predator, 2004-07), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1960 Jennifer Grey, American actress (Dirty Dancing), born in NYC, New York
  • 1961 Billy Warlock, American actor (Baywatch), born in Hawthorne, California
  • 1962 Richard Coles, English musician (Communards - "Don't Leave Me This Way"), now a Church of England priest, and BBC broadcaster, born in Northampton
  • 1963 Paul de Leeuw, Dutch TV host (Cry of the Lion)
  • 1963 Amparo Larrañaga, Spanish actress
  • 1966 Michael Imperioli, American actor (The Sopranos), born in Mount Vernon, New York
  • 1970 Evan Richards, American actor (Frankie-Mama Malone), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970 Martin McDonagh, Anglo-Irish playwright, screenwriter and film director (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), born in London, England
  • 1973 T.R. Knight, American actor (Grey's Anatomy), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1973 Matt Burke, Australian rugby union fullback (81 caps; NSW Waratahs; Eastwood) and broadcaster (Network 10), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1976 Amy Smart, American actress, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1976 Natalia Livingston, American actress (General Hospital, Days of Our Lives), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • 1976 Nurgül Yeşilçay, Turkish actress, born in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
  • 1977 Sylvain Grenier, Canadian professional wrestler
  • 1979 Heidi Zeigler, American child actress (Just the 10 of Us - "Sherry"), born in Lansing, Michigan
  • 1983 Michael Mondo [Mike Brendli], American professional wrestler (WWE), born in Gordon Heights, New York
  • 1984 Sara Jean Underwood, American model

Person of interestKeira Knightley

1985 Keira Knightley, English actress (Bend It Like Beckham, Pirates of the Caribbean), born in London, England

  • 1985 Jonathan Groff, American actor (Hamilton, Frozen), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • 1987 Yui [Yoshioka], Japanese pop-rock singer-songwriter, and musician ("Good-bye Days"; Flower Power) and actress (A Song to the Sun), born in Koga, Japan
  • 1987 Joshua Herdman, English actor, born in Hampton, United Kingdom